Knee pain is of high concern for people who suffer from it because it limits your mobility and tends to grow worse without treatment. Fortunately, noninvasive treatments like therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and stem cell derived growth factor injection control or eliminate more cases of knee pain. These noninvasive treatments can help reduce knee pain and restore mobility without the need for surgery. However, some problems are too advanced to be treatable by these kinds of methods. In these cases, you may need knee replacement surgery for treatment.
One of the most common reasons someone needs a knee replacement is advanced osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage in your joints to break down, which creates pain and loss of mobility.
At Phoenix Spine & Joint, our doctors will evaluate your case to determine what kind of treatment is best for you. If a knee replacement is what you need, you can take comfort in knowing we perform robotic-assisted total knee replacement.
What is robotic-assisted total knee replacement?
During knee replacement surgery, your surgeon will make an incision and move the knee cap out of the way. He or she then removes the damaged cartilage and joint surfaces. Afterward, your surgeon estimates the best size implant, fits the artificial joint to your knee and closes the incision.
At Phoenix Spine & Joint, we complement our total knee replacement procedures using robotic-assisted technology to get a more personalized and accurate surgery. We begin by using the computer to perform a video analysis of the motion in your knee. The computer video analysis allows us to calculate precisely the best implant for your knee. The robot then assists the surgeon in drilling out the damaged cartilage and bone with greater accuracy than any human can do alone. The result is a higher chance of a perfectly fitted joint replacement, without ongoing pain.
It’s important to note that the robot is an assistive device. The robot does not perform your surgery on its own, rather it is a tool that makes your surgeon better by providing a greater degree of accuracy and precise choice of implant.
What does robotic-assisted total knee replacement treat?
Total knee replacement primarily treats people with osteoarthritis in the knee. Replacing the damaged cartilage with an artificial joint helps reduce pain and restore your range of motion.
Understandably, many people with knee pain prefer to avoid surgery. However, if noninvasive treatments are not working, you should not put off total knee replacement surgery. Putting off surgery can lead to:
- Weaker muscles and ligaments in your knee and leg
- Further loss of mobility
- Loss of coordination
- Deformities around the knee
Osteoarthritis is not the only knee condition that may require surgery. If you have been told you need a knee replacement, you should talk to one of our team members at Phoenix Spine & Joint. Our team can assess the condition of your knee and determine if you’re a good candidate for robotic assisted total knee replacement.
What are the benefits of robotic-assisted total knee replacement?
Total knee replacement surgery can improve the strength and mobility of your knee, which helps increase your quality of life. There are many benefits of robotic assisted total knee replacement surgery. These include:
- Less pain
- Better support
- Improved mobility
- Improved alignment
- Less bone deformity
Total knee replacement is not only good for your knee, but it’s also good for the rest of your body. Functioning knees provide better support for your body, which reduces any overcompensation your muscles have taken on to provide support in place of your damaged knees. You’ll also be able to exercise more with functioning knees, which can help you lose weight or improve your cardiovascular health.
Are there risks associated with robotic-assisted total knee replacement?
The risks associated with total knee replacement surgery are not that different than the risks associated with other surgeries. These risks can include:
- Loss of blood
- Blood clots in your vein
- Nerve damage
- Heart attack
Part of the process is to review your medical history to determine if you’re at a higher risk for any of these complications and make suggestions to minimize them.
At Phoenix Spine & Joint, we’re proud to operate facilities that have a nearly zero percent infection rate. Our team is highly trained and experienced in performing robotic-assisted knee replacement procedures, and we strive to ensure the best possible outcomes from your surgery.
Still, you should look out for the signs of infection so you know when to get help from a medical professional:
- Drainage from the incision
- Redness and swelling around the incision
- A fever over 101.5 degrees
How long does it take to recover from robotic-assisted total knee replacement?
To avoid the risks of hospitalization, our surgeries are done as an outpatient. Your doctors or therapists will teach you movements that help prevent swelling and clotting and promote faster healing.
After the procedure, it may take up to six weeks to fully recover. Before your surgery, your doctor can provide advice on how to rearrange your living space so you can safely get through your days at home while recovering.
Contact Phoenix Spine & Joint for robotic-assisted total knee replacement
Are you living with pain in your knee related to osteoarthritis? If noninvasive treatments aren’t working, you may need robotic-assisted total knee replacement. Contact us today to talk to one of our patient care coordinators or schedule a free second opinion.